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James Velvet

James Velvet

Americana Hamden, CT  US



Sounds Like: Chuck Prophet, Neil Young, Lou Reed

Label: Mr. Lucky

Manager: self

Bio: I'm a songwriter. I'm a street musician. All the bands I've lead are named for Birds.
I lead an electric power trio, The Ivory Bills, and an acoustic quartet, The Lonesome Sparrows. I've spent most of my life in and around New Haven, CT, where we have the best pizza, and pretty good theater too....See Full Bio



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“MOCKING BIRDS AT LAKESIDE LOUNGE Indie favorites the Mocking Birds make a rare New York appearance Thursday at the Lakeside Lounge at 10 p.m. The quartet, based out of New Haven, Conn., is led by the quirky singer/songwriter James Velvet. "Still Here" is the band's eighth release, on its own Mr. Lucky Records. Velvet has a back catalog of some five dozen recorded songs, "some of them way too good for the industry, some of them lousy, and all of them self-published," says a bemused Velvet. "Still Here" is a nuanced look at one American's winter of 01-02. Songs like "Gas Masks And Vaccines" and "Freedom Ring" address specific cultural and political trends while "I'm Still Here" and "Sail Away" examine images of home and loss, and the identities of place and possession. The tracks are stitched together in suite-like fashion with percussion loops by producer Vic Steffens of Horizon Studios.”

— John Swenson, UPI

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